NCP gets new leader

Friday, December 28, 2018

A veteran politician- Majanko Samusa has been returned as leader of the National Convention Party at a congress held at the Tallinding Buffer Zone. The Badibibu born politician received an easy ride, as he did not face any leadership challenge.

Others elected in the executive of the party include: deputy leader- Ida Ndure, PRO - Bakary Sonko, administrative secretary - Lamin Ndow, deputy administrative secretary - Omar Camara, auditor - Buba Touray, assistant auditor - Bakary Saho, national treasurer – F. Omar Jarju, assistant treasurer -Binta Jammeh, national mobiliser - Dembo Touray, deputy national youth mobiliser - Bubacarr Cham, national women’s mobiliser -Neneh Trawally, deputy national women’s mobiliser - Ida Bahoum, national chairman - Dembo Jadama and national women’s chairperson - Binta Dampha.

NCP was established on 7th September 1975 by the late Sheriff Mustapha Dibba, a one-time vice-president during The Gambia’s first republic and Speaker of the National Assembly during the second republic. It was one of the main and functioning opposition parties between 1975 and 1994.

Mr. Dibba originally founded and launched NCP at Busumbala just two weeks after his expulsion from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which was led by the country’s first president, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara.

Prior to the 1992 elections, the party faced series of setbacks as many of its leaders re-joined the PPP.

Dibba contested as the party’s candidate in the 18 October 2001 presidential polls and came fourth garnering 3.77% of the popular vote. The party lost all their seats in January 2002 legislative elections.

When the party was formed, former president, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara predicted that it would not last more than three months.

At the congress that attracted delegates from across the country, Manjanko reminded the delegates that he was unanimously elected as party leader when Dr. Bolong Bojang resigned as party leader after losing the Coalition election preliminaries to Adama Barrow in 2016.

“It was through my efforts that I led the party throughout the Coalition processes, and endorsed and signed the Coalition agreement on behalf of the NCP. I also guided the party in the national elections that followed, although we could not win a single seat,” he added. He called on the supporters to renew their commitment to the party, saying “the future is bright for the NCP.” Additional reporting by Standard Newspaper

Meanwhile, in our 30 November 2018 edition, we ran a story headlined: NCP announces December 16 As National Congress, in the article, we stated that: “The party initially welcomed the 1994 coup of former president Yahya Jammeh but was banned from participating in elections, in August 1994.” However, the family of Mr. Dibba has brought to our attention that it’s the contrary – that the party has always been in support of the ideals of democracy and democratic principles and that using extra-constitutional means to hang on to power is against the party’s principles. Therefore, the error is deeply regretted.